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    Brian M Lear
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  1. 22" wheels don't belong on a truck, IMO.
  2. It just bugs me that you can't spec a Silverado with 18" rims and a tire that gives the larger 33" outside diameter from the factory. I don't want 20" rims. I want the 18's with a nice A/T tire on it that fills out the wheel well. And I don't really want to immediately take off my OEM tires and have to deal with selling them, right after I bought a brand new truck. I'd also rather not deal with my speedometer being off. It seems like GM is forcing you to step up to the 20" rims if you want the wheel wells to look filled out.
  3. ^^^ Adding Z71 package to an RST doesn't change the outside diameter of the wheel/tire. It just gives you all terrain tires, but they're the same size, outside diameter 31.6".
  4. Call me crazy, but with the increased size of the cab and bed, the stock tires strike me as looking quite small in the wheel wells. It really looks like it could use a tire with another 1 or 2" of diameter. The effect seems to be worse with pictures taken with wide angle lenses, as it makes the tire most distant in the picture look very small. But they look small in person too. I did some calculating: Stock 17" rim on an LT truck--255 70R17 for an OD of 31.1" Stock 18" rim on an LT truck--265 65R18, for an OD of 31.6" 18" Trail boss rims--275 65R18, for an OD of 31.6" 20" Trail boss rims--275 60R20, for an OD of 33" 20" argent metallic rims (optional on non trail boss models)--275 60R20, for an OD of 33" On my 2016 K2 silverado, the stock 18" rim had a standard tire size of 265 65 R18, OD 31.6". Is the wheel well just bigger? That stock 17" rim/tire combo looks awfully small in there. I think the 20" rim with a 33" OD looks perfect.
  5. Get an LT on discount for way less money, and spend the money you saved on the wheels, tires, and lift you really want?
  6. Any LT Trail Boss Regrets?

    that's true. Me personally, I'd take the chrome metal bumper any day over gloss black plastic. And thats not for aesthetic reasons
  7. Any LT Trail Boss Regrets?

    One think I don't like about the LT trail boss, is you cannot get leather with a bench seat, whereas on the LT you can. You can get the Z71 package and also the factory 2" lift kit from GM and have a "trail boss" if you want, minus the decals. The factory 2" lift kit does not "suck". It's actually a really good deal for what you get, if it's what you want. If you want more than that, then its a waste of money to buy a trail boss in the first place. A lot of people are going to be better off just getting a regular ole' LT model and then doing the mods they really want.
  8. Yep, avoiding the 8 speed is a great reason to go with the 6.2 I agree, mate the 10 speed to the 5.3 and I think people wouldn't have such an issue with it. I have the 5.3 with the old 6 speed...its rock solid. As far as throttle response, there is a thread from a long time ago talking about flex in the gas pedal bracket on K2 trucks. I installed a 1cm deep piece of wooden dowel behind the gas pedal bracket and it solved the issue completely for me. I really do wonder how much of the better throttle response seen on the 6.2 is due to inherent engine properties, vs transmission and other little mechanical things like that.
  9. 5.3 is not underpowered for 99% of people buying a 1500 pickup. 380 lb/ft of torque is not anemic and the truck tows small to medium size loads without difficulty. As has been said many times, if you are one of the few people looking at 1500 trucks, but thinking that you need more torque because you are regularly towing heavy loads, why are you not looking at a 2500 truck? I guess some people like hooking up a 10,000lb trailer to a 1500 truck with a 6.2, I don't. It feels wrong. The truck, especially now in 2019, is too light to tow that much. Yes "technically" it can. Okay. Now, if the only reason you want the 6.2 is just so the truck feels quick like a sports car, sure, I get it.
  10. its true, the A8 has been one of the most temperamental transmissions in recent time. Not that it fails or requires significant maintenance, but it just isn't very smooth and is very prone to torque converter issues. There are TONS of people with the harsh downshift problem, far after learning has completed. It's something most people just live with, but with the new 19's coming out you'd think they would've fixed it. I personally think they looked at the problem, realized it would take a complete re-design to fix, and just said "screw it". Keep selling them for a couple more year then go to the A10. No sense in pouring money into it.
  11. Silverado/Sierra vs. Tahoe/Yukon

    Unless you regularly use a 3rd row, go with the full size PU. If you get the bench seat option, you can put a kid next to you in the front, wife in passenger seat, and then have 3 places across in the back for car seats or passengers. Thats enough for a lot of families. Then you get a bed to put anything you want. Throw a canopy on it and you have a versatile ride that can basically do anything including haul dirty stuff to the dump. That's the one thing you can't really do with the Tahoe. If you have more space and want to have a little trailer to do those types of jobs, it makes sense to get the SUV. Basically, the full size pickup is the most efficient, do-it-all with one vehicle option, but if you have more than 2 kids you may want to consider the tahoe. The other option is to have a crossover for family trips, etc, And then just have a double cab standard bed pickup for truck duty. With those two vehicles in the driveway you can pretty much do anything. We take the crossover on road trips where we want to get better mileage. Camping, adventures, where we are hauling dirty gear like boats, kayaks, we take the truck. Kids fit fine in the back of the double cab, even car seats. If I was going to have one vehicle it would be a crew cab long bed, or short bed if not enough space. Two vehicles enables a crossover and a double cab standard bed if you don't use the truck as your "daily" vehicle. IT works for us and the main benefit is you get a truck that is overall shorter but still has a standard bed and thus is much more useful than any short bed truck.
  12. that sounds like a terrible idea if you just want a little more sound you should get a CAI instead
  13. Yet another reason to wait 1-2 years after a new model comes out. That said, this is getting blown out of proportion. I won't make any judgement until I actually see a picture of a dented, punctured, or bent frame. If this is indeed a big problem, then it basically shows the trade off we are getting for the high MPG.
  14. I wouldn't have paid $1500 out of my own pocket for the V8. I think your employer would have paid that had they felt it was necessary for the truck to do what it needs to do, no?

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